As most of you should know by now, I’m a huge advocate for travel. The travel part of my blog is not structured in the format of typical travel blogs. Instead I write from my heart and experience, because I truly do believe travel can change us in so many ways. I want to inspire you to travel and experience the world like I have.
As an expat and frequent traveler I feel lucky to have visited so many amazing places in the world. I thought after traveling to my top destinations my wanderlust would go away. But, it seems the more places I visit, the more places I want to go to. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I can’t cure my travel bug! I’m sure other frequent travelers would agree with me on that statement.
Although I probably won’t be able to visit every single place I want to in the world, I definitely can do my best to see as many new places as possible in my lifetime. Well, in a few weeks my boyfriend and I will be visiting Iceland for the first time. It’s been on our travel list for a long time and we’re both so excited! As I prepare for my upcoming trip I wanted to share the feelings, emotions and thoughts I have about traveling to new and amazing places. Here they are:
Getting out of your comfort zone
Since I started frequently traveling in 2009, I have seen a transformation within myself occur. Looking back, I used to be quite nervous when traveling to a new place. I was scared about leaving my comfort zone and everything I knew behind. But, over time I started to see the more I traveled the less I felt this way.
I now can see that by jumping head first into my fears of the unknown by traveling, I’ve become more confident and a stronger person. Now I actually really enjoy being out of my comfort zone while traveling, because it’s usually where the most fun occurs!
I remember being in China at this huge food stall area in one of the shopping markets. I was one of the few non-Chinese people in this food area and felt pretty nervous about going to order food from any of the stalls. I finally mustered up my courage and went over to one of the stalls. The man couldn’t speak English and I couldn’t speak Mandarin so we relied on his menu with pictures of food. I pointed to something and waited for my order to come.
When my food arrived it looked nothing like the picture. I saw tentacles, fish balls and other unknown food items floating around in the soup I ordered. Of course, I was only given chopsticks to eat—which I’m totally horrible at using—and struggled to even get one bite out of that soup! At some point, I turned around and saw a group of Chinese women staring and giggling at me. Most likely my at inability to use chopsticks! At that point of time I had two choices of what to do: run away embarrassed knowing I was totally out of my comfort zone or embrace the humility and laugh along. I chose the latter. I smiled back at the woman and giggled too. Embracing being out of your comfort zone can really do you wonders! Try it the next time you travel.
Every time I take a trip somewhere new I always tell myself how lucky and fortunate I am. Some frequent travelers out there have turned into travel snobs—there is really no nice way to put it. These people travel all over the world and try to make other people feel envious of their lives of frequent travel. This is not something I want to promote.
The reason I think that is because I honestly believe the more I’ve traveled the humbler I’ve become. As I go to more and more places I realize how small my presence actually is in the world! I’m definitely not at the center of the universe, and I am more than ok with this 🙂
Also, traveling has opened my eyes by seeing the way life is in different parts of the world. I realized that I took so many things for granted in my life before I became a frequent traveler. Traveling has truly made me appreciate the life I am living.
Feeling curious and excited
Alice in Wonderland has always been one of my favorite books. I guess it was just a matter of time before I would seek out my own ways of stumbling down the rabbit hole. Well, I’ll probably never wake up in Wonderland, but I can experience curiosity when traveling to new places!
When I’m preparing to travel to a new place, I always wonder what the culture, people, food and way of life will be like. I spend tons of time daydreaming about these things before I go on my trip. It’s one of my favorite things to do when traveling to a new place! Also, when I arrive to a new destination, I’ve gotten in the habit of wandering around cities without a particular plan. It’s a great way to cure travel curiosity and see the less touristy places during a trip.
I usually can barely sleep the night before I travel somewhere new. I’m buzzing with energy thinking about all the wonderful things that are soon to come! I can’t even begin to explain the anticipation I feel for going to Iceland. I feel I’ve been waiting for this day to come for so long—it’s like a dream come true. I have no idea what it will be like, but I promise I will update you when I get back!
Learning new things about the places you travel to
When you travel somewhere you’ve never been before, you will always learn something new. This is why I have become such an advocate for travel, because I truly do believe it is a form of education. When traveling, you are given the chance to learn about the culture, history, people and the way of life in a new place. This in turn helps you to broaden your world view. I feel this is something super important to do in our modern world since it has become so globalized!
Finding happiness in the things money can’t buy
I’ve always been one to believe that money can’t buy you happiness. Yes, I know, you need to have a certain amount to have your needs met. But, beyond that, I never was one to equate money with happiness. However, I do believe that experience can make you happy. For me, there is no greater experience of happiness than by traveling!
Whenever I am traveling to a new and amazing place I become absorbed in the moment I am in; I become entranced with the novelty of the place. To be totally in the moment allows for moments of feeling true bliss.
What would you add to this list?
Now that you know the best things I’ve experienced from traveling to new and amazing places I’d be curious to know yours! Is there anything you would add to this list? Make sure you get in touch and let me know. Or, leave your thoughts here in the comment section! Happy travels friends 😀